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eSATA - DIRECTV recommended list

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Doug Brott, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. P Smith

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    The noise is good thing for married couple with kids, exactly night time, when activity of kids goes down and adult could have some joy ;)
     
  2. TomCat

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    Uh....OK
     
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    Got a lot of bad reviews.

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    Don't know about the 22-100, never had one that worked. I have a couple of 24-100s working quite well with the EARX. The EURS is made specifically for DVRs, but I have seen some posts where the poster coudn't get them to work with their HRs. I'd go with the EARX, personally.

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  10. Bazza

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    Checking in over two years later. The 2TB WD20EARS drive has worked flawlessly. Not a single issue! I havent been around, because I havent had any problems.

    Thought you might all want to know!
     
  11. eileen22

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    Is there a current list of external drives that will work with the HR20's? I have been reading the last few pages here, but I don't see a definitive list like there used to be. I currently have a WD 1TB "My DVR Expander" drive (WDG1S1000VN) that I've been using on a HR20-700 since Aug. 2009. It's working fine, but I'm planning to move it tomorrow, as I'm getting a Genie installed in the family room, where the HR20 currently resides. The external drive has literally not been unplugged for years, I think it may have only been unplugged once since install, and I'm concerned that it might not survive the move to the bedroom.

    I noticed that the external drives being talked about recently here are all unenclosed, and so you also have to get some kind of docking station or enclosure. Is that the norm now? Does the WD enclosed unit that I see now on Amazon, which is the WDBABT0010HBK, still work with the DirecTV DVR's? Are there reasons, other than more storage space, that I shouldn't go with this if I need a replacement?

    Lastly, are there different external drives recommended for the Genie (I assume I'm getting a HR34 in Philly market) than for the HR2x's? Thanks.
     
  12. CCarncross

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    The recommendations have not really changed. Most people are recommending a separate enclosure and bare drive to put in it because they are substantially cheaper for the same capacity and functionality....for the most part, you never know what drive is actually in the enclosure.
     
  13. Rich

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    For the HR20-700 (I've never had a 20-100 that worked) we recommend a Western Digital Green Caviar HDD coupled with a Thermaltake docking station. Here's a link to a WD drive that I use and a link to the TT dock. They will both work with a Genie.

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    On a side note, I just had an EADS crap out on me. Got about 3 years out of it. First one of the Greens to go kaput.

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  15. eileen22

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    Thanks for the quick replies! What are the chances that my current external drive survives a power-down, disconnect, move and reconnection to the HR20-700? Am I right to be concerned that it won't work?
     
  16. RunnerFL

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    The DVR may want to run a quick fsck (check disk) on the drive but that shouldn't be a big deal. Powering down/up doesn't cause failures.
     
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    Thought I would give an update , I purchased a Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB SATA II 32 MB hard drive and a Thermaltake BlacX eSATA USB Docking Station, April 2012. Worked great for about 7 months then the docking station would not power up, even though I only used the power button twice. Thermaltake support just said ship it back and they would send a replacement. This docking station was highly recommended here, and 4 stars on Amazon, so I ordered a new one from Amazon so I could get back up sooner and I could use the one sent back from Thermaltake as a backup when it arrived. This one has been working fine ever since.

    However, a few days ago after moving the DVR and external setup to the bedroom the DVR would not boot with the external drive attached. This didn't have anything to do with the docking station but while trying to figure out the cause of the problem I opened the box from Therlmaltake and the replacement docking staion would not power up. I took the power cord from the other docking station and the new one powered up. So I guess the problem with the first docking stations and it's replacement was the power cord or brick. I searched Amazon customer reviews and found several reporting the power button stopped working, I don't know how wide spead the problem is (47 out of 376 reviews were 1 star not sure how many were power issues) but thought I would pass this along since 2 out of the 3 I received had a power problem.
     
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    The only problem I've had with the TT dock has been with the on/off button. So far, it's only happened twice. But, they're cheap, and I guess you get what you pay for. I have to say, I have had less problems with the docks than any other external device. Thanx for the update, not many people do that.

    Rich
     
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